Volkswagen Touareg R — the most powerful Volkswagen

Volkswagen Touareg R — the most powerful Volkswagen

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Volkswagen assigns the letter R to the most charged versions of its models. Under the hood of all these models is the same gasoline internal combustion engine EA888 2.0TSI with varying degrees of boost. But now it was Touareg’s turn and everyone was expecting some kind of V8, but Volkswagen designers had their own opinion on this. Today we will test the VW Touareg R with a hybrid powerplant and check whether it is really as powerful and eco-friendly as the manufacturer claims.

VW Touareg R powerplant

The Volkswagen Touareg R powerplant consists of a 340 hp EA839 3.0 V6TFSI gasoline engine with a torque of 450 Nm and a 135 hp electric motor with a torque of 400 Nm, which is located between the internal combustion engine and the gearbox and is actually part of the gearbox. The total power of the VW Touareg R powerplant is 462 hp and 700 Nm of torque.

The electric motor in the Volkswagen Touareg R is powered by a separate 400 volt Li-Ion battery manufactured by Samsung, which is located under the floor in the trunk. The battery capacity is quite large — 18 kWh. There are three sources of charge: from the mains, energy recovery during braking and from the internal combustion engine. The acceleration of the car strongly depends on how much the battery is charged.

When accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h with a fully charged battery, we got 5 s. – this is exactly the result that the manufacturer claims.
If the battery is discharged by 50%, then acceleration will take 5.5s.

With a fully discharged battery, acceleration takes 7.5 s., and this is not a very good result for VW Touareg R, for comparison, a regular VW Touareg without an electric motor, but with the same internal combustion engine accelerates in 6.5 s.

Excess weight and consumption of Volkswagen Touareg R

Why does a Volkswagen Touareg R with a discharged battery show acceleration results worse than a VW Touareg with the same internal combustion engine, but without an electric motor? It’s all about the extra weight of the electric motor, battery and all related devices, and this is not small — about 300-400 kg. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the electric motor compensates for the excess weight with its power, the car accelerates perfectly and at the same time it has moderate gasoline consumption, but once the battery is discharged, the same excess weight begins to greatly affect the dynamic characteristics of the car and the consumption as well.

As we said above, the consumption of the VW Touareg R strongly depends on the degree of battery charging: with a charged battery, the average consumption in urban mode was about 15-16 liters per 100 km., with a discharged battery, it reached 20 liters., as you understand, it is impossible to talk about any economy and environmental friendliness.

Drive VW Touareg R

The electric motor in the Volkswagen Touareg R really gives an almost instantaneous reaction to pressing the gas pedal and there is a serious jump from the spot, which modern internal combustion engines, with their environmental restrictions, cannot do. After 60 km / h, there is no strong difference in dynamics, but the electric motor continues to work and this affects the gearshift and instead of the expected small failure, on the contrary, we get a very pleasant jolt. Another pleasant feeling is comfort, when you change into a hybrid from a car with an internal combustion engine, then at first you notice how smoothly it starts, how quietly it drives in a quiet mode.
And now about the minuses: the noise insulation of the VW Touareg R is insufficient, additional noise insulation of the wheel arches would not hurt, handling, compared to the gasoline version is worse, more rolls, worse passage of pits and swells of the road, the informativeness on the steering wheel also leaves much to be desired.

The suspension in the Volkswagen Touareg R is set up softer, but the rolls are no longer only because of this, the whole point is that one very important function is not available for the hybrid — an active stabilizer, the manufacturer claims that it does not fit in the back due to the presence of a battery.

Slowing down from 100 to 0 km/h took us 39 m. – the result doesn’t seem to be very bad, but the same gasoline version stops after 37 m.
Marketers of the VAG concern claim that the VW Touareg R is not inferior to the diesel V8 in dynamics, and in terms of consumption it is almost an electric car and that is why it is necessary to buy it, but in practice it turns out a little different — the real average dynamics of this car is essentially at the level with the usual gasoline version, and the real average consumption is even higher, in addition to this, we still get worse handling and passing pits. Based on the above, we concluded: if you want real dynamics, buy a VW Touareg with a gasoline engine and chip it, if you want savings, buy with a diesel engine.

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